Girls come close in final face-off
KINGSFORD – The Manistique Emerald girl’s track and field team has accomplished something no other Emerald team has. They capped off a very productive season as runner-up at the U.P. Finals in Kingsford last weekend.
“It was a solid day that capped off a special season,” Coach Chris Marana said.
Obviously we wanted to win it, but to finish runnerup, which is the highest place the girls have ever finished at the finals, is an outstanding accomplishment,” Marana continued. “I am so happy for these girls and they should be really proud of what they have accomplished this season.”
It was a battle from the beginning between Manistique and West Iron County. From the start, West Iron dominated the field events finishing first in the shot put and long jump and not less then third in the discus, high jump and pole vault.
Out of the gate, West Iron continued to be the team to beat with their first place finish in the first race of the day, the 3,200-meter relay and second in the 100-meter hurdles. The Emeralds’ 3,200-meter relay team of Darby Demers, Gabby LaFayette, Oliva Holmberg and Holly Blowers, who dominated the event throughout the season, finished second.
Manistique made up ground when Elisa MacGregor placed second in the 100-meter dash and the 800-meter relays with teammates Hannah Bryant, Shelby Carlson and Kyra Lauzon. They followed that effort up with a win in the 400-meter relay.
Without a runner in the 400-meter dash, Demers kept the Emeralds close by placing in the 300 meter hurdles. Blowers followed that up with a medal run in the 800-meter run.
It only took less than 30 seconds, but one of the most exciting races of the day was between West Iron’s Carli Johnson and the Emeralds Shelby Carlson in the 200-meter dash. Johnson held on to beat Carlson by three tenths of a second.
West Iron then sealed the win with a victory in the 1,600-meter relay. Team Scoring - West Iron County 144; Manistique 97; Newberry 84; Hancock 43; Iron Mountain 38; Ishpeming Westwood 37; Ishpeming 27; Norway 24; Ironwood 22; Stephenson 11.
First place finishes: Elisa MacGregor, Kyra Lauzon, Shelby Carlson, Hannah Bryant, 400-meter relay, 52.59; Holly Blowers, 800-meter run, 2:29.56.
Second place finishes: Monica Giles, shot put, 31-3.50; MacGregor, pole vault, 8-0; Darby Demers, Gabby LaFayette, Olive Holmberg, Blowers, 3,200-meter relay, 10:43.03; MacGregor, 100-meter dash, 13.59; MacGregor, Bryant, S Carlson, Lauzon, 800-meter relay, 1:53.73; S Carlson, 200-meter dash, 28.59.
Third place finishes: Lauzon, long jump, 13-7.75.
Fourth place finishes: Giles, discus, 90-3.25; Blowers, 1,600-meter run, 5:49.59; Vanessa McNamara, Morgan Kangas, S Carlson, Bryant, 1,600-meter relay, 4:43.18.
Fifth place finishes: Josie Price, pole vault, 7-0; Lexi Carlson, 100-meter high hurdles, 17.96; Holmberg, 3,200-meter run, 13:20.22.
Sixth place finishes: Brittany Zellar, pole vault, 7-0; Bryant, 100-meter dash, 14.19; Demers, 300-meter low hurdles, 56.63; Lauzon, 200-meter dash, 29.41; Blowers, 3,200-meter run, 13:20.47.
Sam Bryant, Hanna Bryant, Natalie Pohlman and Kyra
Lauzon hold the 400-meter relay record for Division 2.
The foursome set the mark at 52.36 in 2010.